Definition of sticks and stones may break my bones but names or words will never hurt me in English:
proverb Used to express indifference to an insult or abuse: all that flies back and forth, really, is words—sticks and stones, y’know?
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- If anyone ever tells you that little rhyme ‘sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me,’ well tell them they are full of it.
- We say things like ‘actions speak louder than words’, or ‘sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me’.
- But the child's nursery rhyme is true: sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.
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